Issue of October 7, 2018
Mt. Province

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Senior citizens take over city council

Senior Citizen Officials for a Day (Scofad) took over the city council session last Monday pursuant to Proclamation 470 of Sept. 26, 1994 declaring the observance of Elderly Filipino Week every first week of October in recognition of the participation and contribution of the elderly in nation building, and in realization of the mandate of Republic Act 9257 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2003 which grants additional benefits and privileges to senior citizens.

Ordinance 57, s. 2009 sets the conduct of the Scofad every first Monday of October and authorizes the senior citizen officials to perform duties or conduct related activities which may be designed by concerned city offices.

Presided by Scofad vice mayor Andrew Sagandoy, the session was actively participated in by Scofad councilors Alfredo Aberin, Carol Domalsin, Shirley Arukod, Felicidad Piquero, Patricio Evangelista, Maria Fatima Pacis, Loreto Calderon, Maria Concepcion Visperas, Elsie Godoy, Fe Avila, Alexander Wasian, Clarita Soriano, Wilfredo Mina, and Clarita Soriano.

Scofad Secretary Flordeliza Lagera joined the Sangguniang Panlungsod staff in assisting the meeting from 2 to 4:30 p.m.

The members approved an ordinance exempting all qualified senior citizens and persons with disability from paying the annual household garbage fee as required in securing clearances, certificates, and other related services.

In a resolution they requested the SM Baguio to provide free parking spaces for senior citizen customers.

The measures were referred to the concerned committees.

For the welfare and convenience of elders pursuant to the Accessibility Law, the body approved the proposed measures requiring all barangays to make barangay halls accessible to PWDs, senior citizens, and pregnant women; requesting the City Engineering Office to provide a pathway with safety handrails from Hilltop to Magsaysay Avenue near the entrance of P. Burgos Street for senior citizens and PWDs; and for the regional office of the Department of Public Works and Highways and the City Emngineering Office to assess all sidewalks and pathways within the city for improvement.

The body also reiterated the restoration of the overpass between City Hall and the Baguio City Police Station at Abanao Street for easy access and safety of the elderly and children in accordance with DPWH standard requirements, particularly height clearance.

Also approved are the requests for the city government to include in the proposed development plan of Burnham Park a physical fitness center for senior citizens; the Department of Labor and Employment to create policies for the employment of able senior citizens and livelihood programs as alternative sources of income; the Benguet Electric Cooperative, Inc. to conduct registration for senior citizens in the city in consonance with RA 9257 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2003; the city government and all its barangays to consider in their respective budgets the allocation of fixed stipend for city and barangay Scofad; and the barangay to allow senior citizens to temporarily use or develop vacant lots as community gardens.

In separate resolutions, the city government of Baguio was requested to uphold or maintain the implementation of Ordinance 34, s. 2017 or the Smoke-Free Baguio Ordinance; to strictly implement Section 94 (a) of Ordinance 18, s. 2016 or the Environment Code; for the passage of a cleanliness ordinance in the central business district; to include garden waste in garbage collection; to provide funds for the proposed increase of benefits given to centenarians of the city; for the adoption and implementation of a comprehensive integrative resilience and psychological program for city government personnel; and for the Department of Education-CAR to strengthen the values education program for school children.

Measures related to public works projects are the requests for the CEO and the Baguio City District Engineering Office to allocate funds for maintenance and rehabilitation of all drainages within their respective jurisdictions, and the immediate construction/reconstruction of sidewalks which were removed during the implementation of road projects; and for the General Service Office and CEO to conduct regular inspection and de-clogging of city’s sewerage, drainage, and canals.

For order and safety, the body has adopted the use of a “reflectorized rainbow pedestrian lane” within the city; mandated all public utility operators engaged in transport business within the city to register their units with the city; and called for the enactment of an ordinance regulating vehicles delivering goods, merchandise and of any sort along the main thoroughfares within the CBD during rush hours or from 6 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 7 p.m..

The other approved proposals are the request for the installation of trash bins in parks and in areas frequented by tourists and to assign personnel to monitor and maintain the cleanliness of these areas; the conduct of day and night emergency drills for disasters in the barangay level; for the barangay councils to create emergency plans and coordination, and to procure first aid equipment; for the barangays to conduct a “youth class” focused on livelihood activities and proper reproductive health sessions to be funded by the SK; and to institutionalize the conduct of a youth festival in the city every August in line with the celebration of the International Youth Day.

Further, the body commended all the coaches and players of the city, especially the winners, who participated in the Batang Pinoy national finals held in the city and Benguet from Sept. 17 to 21.

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